12 Sep Hurricane Florence Resources
For Emotional Support – Before During or After the Storm:
- Call 1-800-510-9132 Available 24/7 (Alliance Behavioral Health, a local office is reached)
- For Spiritual Support call Balm In Gilead 910-424-2645 (business hours)
To located various resources (a comprehensive list)
Open Shelters & What to bring
- See the Cumberland County Information including what to bring at
- The Red Cross on Wednesday, September 12, has opened a shelter at the National Guard Armory, 3555 Owen Drive, Fayetteville.
- Please bring supplies and medications for 72 hours (3 days) or more. Persons with medical needs need to come with a care giver.
- Pets are permitted at the county shelters. Bring food and supplies for them too.
What do to IMMEDIATELY as a Hurricane Survivor:
- Photograph damage (proof of damage is vital!) Having or Taking before photos is excellent too.
- Keep receipts for any immediate work done, take more photos.
- Register with FEMA (Every one with any damage should register!) 800-621-3362
- Call 800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 to register your damage and repair needs on www.CrisisCleanUp.org – once listed then volunteer work teams can find your home to offer aid.
- Many fraudulent contractors (imposters and cheats) will appear on your doorstep – do not pay in full before work is done. Be cautious, do not pay cash, require identification, use licensed local contractors, get written a agreement. If in doubt, say no.
- Call 211 for resources and support. – Shelter, Temporary lodging, FEMA information, etc. or go to www.nc211.org
- DO start the MUCK-OUT (clean-up) as soon as possible. Things get much worse if not removed quickly. There are many volunteers willing to help if you do #4 above.
- Notify your insurance company.
- Read you insurance policy. FYI – your agent is required by law to provide you a printed copy if you have lost your copy.
- Use FEMA funds as directed because you can be audited and required to pay back money that is misused.
- KEEP ALL correspondence from FEMA and the SBA even rejection letters as there is an appeals process and many persons are initially rejected for minor reasons like a wrong SS number or incorrect address, etc.
- Take more photos!
- Do not touch flood waters. Wear masks & gloves when cleaning.
Legal Aid of North Carolina
- Free legal help in civil (non criminal) cases for low income and vulnerable people in NC
- Visit legalaidnc.org/disaster-relief or call 1-866-219-5262
- Help for Seniors 1-877-579-7562
- Health Insurance Navigators 1-855-733-3711
Donations & Volunteers:
- Clothing should go to Salvation Army, Operation Blessing or Balm in Bilead. Shelters cannot accept clothing. FYI – Clothing donations are not helpful in the first couple of weeks of recovery. Diapers, new socks, feminine hygiene supplies and new underwear of all sizes are often needed.
- Volunteers should be with a group such as UMCOR, Baptists on Mission, a local religious group, etc. Volunteer at your own risk and be cautious.
- Work GROUPS/TEAMS can register at www.CrisisCleanUp.org to locate areas of specific need. Groups must report what work they have completed.
- Money can be donated to the Cumberland Community Foundation, CDRC-NC (that’s us), UMCOR, Red Cross, Church Denominations, etc.
- Ways youth and children can help is to make emergency clean-up buckets or collect new socks and underwear or diapers. See www.CWSKits.org